Contemporary Problem in Discipleship (Part 2)

Life is overstuffed.
People in my church often say, “I would like to memorize Scripture, but I’m just not good at memorizing. I just can’t remember. There is too much going on for it to stick.”
People in my church often say, “I don’t have any time. I would get more involved, but I do not have any time.”
People in my church often say, “I would give my money, but we are flat broke. We are barely making it.”

THOUGHT: OVERSTUFFED MINDS

People who study the ability to process information say that you absorb 25,000-30,000 messages and pieces of information in a day. Your mind is only able to process, at least at some level, 16,000-17,000 pieces of information a day.
Here is the bottom line – You have 16,000-17,000 opportunities each day to listen to something meaningful and you have 16,000-17,000 opportunities to invest your thinking in things that do not matter.
The issue is how you choose to invest your mind.
This means you take in far more information than you can think through. This means a lot of important issues are getting no thought at all. Even the things you do think about get very little thought because they are being shoved out by the next thought and the next thought.
How does this impact discipleship?
Those who seek to follow Christ struggle because they do not focus. They do not know the Bible because the contents of Scriptures are constantly being pushed out by other pieces of trivial knowledge.

TIME: OVERSTUFFED DAYS

People often tell me, ‘I just don’t have time. I’m so busy.’
The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the average adult with a full time job has 3.34 hours of free time on weekdays and 5.87 free time on weekends. That is 25-30 hours a week of free time.
The problem is not how much free time you have; the problem is what you choose to do with that free time. People overstuff their time with all kinds of activities or leisure to fill up most of their time. They become a slave to those choices. Instead of controlling their activities, their activities control them.
Here is the truth: People do not become disciple or help make disciples because they choose not to. They make the choice to do other things with their time.
How you invest your time is always the issue.
If you spend your 25-30 hours watching television, getting your children involved in every possible activity so they can learn how to overstuff their time at a young age, and playing games on your phone is that a wise investment of your time?
How does this impact discipleship?
Anyone seeking to be His disciples, and to make disciples, knows this process is time consuming and requires a real time commitment. The fact that most people have stuffed their lives with activities that do not make disciples reveals what most people think is most important. They invest their free time on the things they think are important.

MONEY: OVERSTUFFED DEBT

The average household in the United States carries the following debt:
Credit Cards: $15,000
Auto Loans: $27,000
Student Loans: $48,000
Not counting a mortgage for a house, Americans are almost 4 Trillion dollars in debt.
Americans spend and spend and spend themselves until most are at the edge of financial ruin. Most Americans are one or two missed checks away from complete financial ruin.
How does this impact discipleship?
What you invest your money in is a direct reflection of your heart. Jesus said, “Wherever your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

DISCIPLESHIP IN AN OVERSTUFFED WORLD

What should Disciplemakers do in an overstuffed world? We should unashamedly tell people to invest in a different set of values. Jesus said, “Collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal.”
Jesus wants His followers to invest their thinking, time, and money in the kingdom. So, we should unapologetically tell people, ‘Give your thinking, time, and money to making disciples. In the end, you lose a little in this world, but you gain everything in eternity.’

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